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Maintaining your car can be costly and difficult to keep up with. It can be tempting to overlook the importance of tyres when thinking about vehicle maintenance. However, tyres connect you directly to the road, so keeping them in good condition is a crucial factor in ensuring your safety.

The tyres on your car hold the weight of your vehicle, provide handling benefits, and help to protect you against impacts. They put up with a lot of friction and heat every time you drive, so over time they can become weak and will need to be replaced at some point.

In this article, we’ll discuss when and why you should replace your car tyres and how much it may cost you.

How do I know if I need to replace my tyres?

With a quick visual and physical inspection, it can be easy to determine if your tyres are worn or damaged and need replacing. To help you out, AutoGuru has provided a list of a few things to look out for:

  • Vibration through the steering wheel or body of the vehicle;
  • Increased stopping distances;
  • Decreased handling ability;
  • Screeching noise when cornering;
  • Decrease in ride quality;
  • Steering wheel off centre, or vehicle pulling to one side.

Can I just replace one tyre on my car?

The short answer is yes, however, there are a few things to consider:

  1. If only one tyre is replaced, the other three may have a lesser grip and perform at a lower level. This may decrease the efficiency of your vehicle.
  2. If all tyres are replaced together, you can be rest assured that they’ll wear out at a similar rate. This should make it easier for you to gauge when you’ll next need to replace your tyres and assist you with budgeting for this expense.
  3. Some tyre shops offer bundles when purchasing four tyres at the same time, so this may help you get the best bang for your buck.

So, it’s important to keep in mind that replacing all of your tyres together may be a more efficient way to manage your tyres.

Why do I need to replace my tyres?

Keeping your vehicle safe for you, your passengers, and other motorists is an important priority for many drivers. Making sure your tyres are inspected and replaced when necessary can ensure your car operates safely.

If you’re lacking time and money, replacing your tyres may not be at the top of your priority list. But let’s discuss the safety and monetary benefits that come with keeping on top of tyre maintenance:

  • Reduced traction: A worn-out tyre doesn’t grip the road or provide an efficient amount of traction. This can affect the handling and stopping distance of your vehicle.
  • Reduced control in weather conditions: This could leave you spinning or skidding when you least expect them to, especially in wet weather conditions.
  • Air pressure will decrease faster: Tyres with no threads (commonly called ‘bald tyres’) are quick to lose air pressure. Overall, this can reduce the fuel efficiency of your vehicle and could cost you more in the long run.
  • Tyres could blow out altogether: A potential tyre blowout is a fear for many drivers. Bald tyres generate more heat through friction than tyres with threads. Should this heat rise to a dangerous level, you run the risk of a tyre exploding while in motion and dealing with costly repairs.

The average cost of replacing tyres in Australia

There are many factors that influence the cost of replacing your tyres. Tyres come in different sizes and quality levels. Once you find a tyre that fits the rim of your car, you can choose from a range of brands to find one that best suits your vehicle.

According to Autoguru, the average tyre price in Australia can cost anywhere from $80 to $800+ depending on the size, brand, and type of vehicle.

The important factors to consider when looking at tyre prices include the brand, quality, and size. Well-established brands generally come at a premium as they’re usually of a higher quality overall. However, quality can still differ between these brands depending on the type of tyre you choose.

If you drive a larger vehicle, you can expect to pay more for a tyre replacement. The tyre you purchase needs to match the rim size of your car so if you drive a bigger car, naturally the cost of your tyres will be higher. Tyres designed for heavier vehicles or ones with higher traction will also carry a higher cost.

How often should I replace my tyres?

Knowing how often you should be replacing your tyres can be difficult to judge, however, it’s valuable to keep an eye on it. This is so you can budget in advance for the next time your tyres need replacing.

Of course, there can be extenuating circumstances such as accidentally popping your tyres by running over a sharp object. In this instance, you’ll need to replace your tyres immediately. However, generally speaking, most tyres will need to be replaced every two to three years.

There are a couple of things you can do to ensure you’re not letting your tyres go completely bald before getting them replaced, including:

  • Getting your mechanic to evaluate your tyres every time your vehicle goes in for its regular maintenance;
  • Doing a visual inspection yourself at home to see if the threads are still adequate.

Other tyre services to consider

If you want to keep your tyres in good shape for a long time, you can ask your mechanic to do a wheel alignment, wheel balancing, and tyre rotation every now and then. These services can ensure your car is using your tyres efficiently and that they wear out evenly. It’s a great way to make sure your tyres last as long as they can before wearing them out.

Overall, if you notice your tyres are starting to go bald or have been damaged, you should try to replace them as soon as you can to ensure your road safety as well as the safety of others.

Written by: Laura Parcell

Laura Parcell is a Public Relations Specialist and Content Writer at Jacaranda Finance. She has a Bachelor of Business (Public Relations)/ Media & Communications with Distinction from the Queensland University of Technology.